who we are
At Kanenas we’re independent, family-owned and proud to be engaging with our local community by serving the highest quality brunch dishes and housemade baked goods, using the finest British and Mediterranean ingredients.
We collaborate closely with our suppliers in order to guarantee fresh, tasty, unique, nutritious dishes that we promise you'll love.
Thank you Allpress for our beautiful espresso blend, training + support
Thank you Brades Farm & Oatly, for turning our flat white into badass flatties
Thank you Gastronomica for all the Italian goodies
Thank you Lalani and Co, single batch teas with a fun twist
Thank you Nazani Teas, for our Greek inspired infusion menu
Thank you Natoora, man do we love those tomatoes!
Thank you Maltby & Greek, for making us feel at home even when thousands of miles away
Thank you Shipton Mill, may your organic flour always make our loaves shine bright
Κανένας (Kanenas, Modern Greek for nobody) is used as a pseudonym by Homeric hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, in his ploy to escape Cyclops Polyphemus’s clutches.
Amongst the many adventures during his journey back home after the Trojan War is the encounter with the one-eye giant on the Island of the Cyclopes. Having been taken prisoner together with his men, Odysseus has no choice but to come up with a cunning plan to escape from the Cyclopes’ cave. Inebriated by the wine offered by Odysseus, Polyphemus asks our hero what his name is.
Cyclops, you asked my noble name, and I will tell it […] My name is Nobody. Nobody I am called by mother, father, and by all my comrades.
At this point Odysseus and his men start their attack on Polyphemus, who in search for help begins screaming “Nobody is hurting me”, to which- clearly- no other Cyclops responds. Thanks to this ploy, the king of Ithaca securely reaches his ship and continues his journey across the Mediterranean sea.
why this name?
The Odyssey narrates Odysseus’ journey towards his native Ithaca after the Trojan war. His road is all but smooth: sirens, cyclopes, Poseidon, lotus-eaters, it seems like everyone is getting in the way to prevent his homecoming. After ten years of wandering, the king finally arrives at his homeland and eventually restores peace on the island of Ithaca.
The Odyssey tells stories of loyalty, nostalgia, hospitality, spiritual growth and proof of identity. And this is a bit like what we do here at Kanenas. We grow by connecting with our community and by providing a warm atmosphere for our guests. We stay loyal to high quality and fresh ingredients, no matter the cost. We create nostalgia by offering tastes from faraway lands, getting you closer to your memories as a child. We let our identity transpire through our recipes, blending tradition with innovation.
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